Clement set to hand custard pie to England

Date published: Thursday 28th July 2016 1:38

Paul Clement: New Swansea boss

Sam Allardyce’s hopes of adding Paul Clement to his England coaching staff look likely to end in failure.

Clement was sacked as Derby manager last season but has built a strong reputation as an assistant manager, working under Carlo Ancelotti at Paris St Germain, Real Madrid and now Bayern Munich.

Allardyce wanted the 44-year-old to be part of his backroom team and the Football Association were hoping to strike an agreement with Bayern that would see Clement work part-time with England in international breaks.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn confirmed on Monday that a deal for Clement was being pursued but PA Sport understands Bayern have not been persuaded, having only appointed Clement in June.

Allardyce, who was confirmed as Roy Hodgson’s successor last week, has already appointed former Bolton colleague Sammy Lee as assistant coach.

Sam Allardyce, England

Lee, 57, has worked extensively with the FA in the past and has 14 England caps from his playing days, but there is an eagerness to bring in a younger man to fulfil the spot vacated by Gary Neville.

Neville joined Hodgson in resigning immediately after England’s Euro 2016 defeat to Iceland, as did assistant Ray Lewington.

That leaves gaps for Allardyce to fill and the former Sunderland manager described Lee as “the first of many”.

The FA is continuing to work on Allardyce’s other appointments and declined to make an official comment on its move for Clement, who has worked with the England set up previously on and ad hoc basis.

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